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12:33 pm - Posted by Gregg

Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. And goals aren’t always reached overnight. Be patient with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be in love with who you are in this very moment. Only then can real and permanent change begin to take place. Even if you’re feeling overwhelmed or as if you haven’t done as much for your health-related goals as you’d intended to by now, commit to doing one kind and healthy thing for yourself today. Does that mean taking stairs instead of the elevator? Skipping dessert after a work lunch? Watching a little less TV tonight and getting a little more sleep? Whatever it is, choose one thing and accomplish it. That’s you. Reaching goals like a boss. (I believe in you.)

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November 6, 2013

Rockstar Dieting Tip #6

10:26 am - Posted by Gregg

Food substitutions have long been a staple of any kind of dieting plan. But all too often it’s the wrong (and less healthy) kind of substituting (like trading out all-natural sugar for artificial sweeteners). That’s where this Rockstar Dieting Tip is different.

Rockstar Dieting Tip #6 — Use Fresh Fruit to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!
Craving a bowl of ice cream? Instead, cut fresh melon or watermelon into chunks, add a few whole grapes, put into a bowl and place the bowl in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. After 15 minutes, you have a delicious “frozen-like” snack that won’t add any bulk to your thighs.

I know this trade-out might seem simple and perhaps even one you’ve heard of before. But trust me when I say that the preparation is key. This isn’t about just grabbing an apple or a banana. It’s about thinking ahead, buying fresh melon and grapes, cutting and preparing them and then taking a little time to lightly freeze it all. Taking these steps will ensure a treat-worthy experience that can truly rival the thrill your favorite bowl of ice cream brings you.

Of course, you can trade out other fresh fruits and/or mix in a few favorites along with the melon and grapes (depending on what’s fresh and what’s in season). And yes, some of you will have to adjust your taste buds (especially if the ice cream you’ve been enjoying contains a number of artificial ingredients). But trust me when I tell you that this tip really does work wonders — both for your taste buds as well as your thighs.

Treat. Eat. Sweet.

For my helpful tips on choosing and preparing watermelon, click here.

For a list of what fruits are freshest during which months of the year, click here.

Photo Source: ThriftyAndChicMom.com

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November 15, 2011

Recipe: Baked Autumn Pear

10:21 am - Posted by Gregg

Looking for a warm weather treat that tastes delicious but won’t wreck your dieting or healthy eating efforts? Look no further This yummy recipe is so good that you can even serve it to guests without them thinking, “Why am I being served diet food?”

If this recipe seems simple, that’s because it is. But it still deliciously captures many of the warm flavors of the season. What’s more, it’s easy enough to make in one portion – or several portions – depending on how many you’re expecting for dinner. Not that you need a special occasion to enjoy this treat. It’s that good and that healthy. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Anjou Pear(s)

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

Cinnamon Stick

Directions:

Simply preheat oven to 375 degrees. Take your pear (or pears if serving more than one person) and peel it, cut it in half (lengthwise) and remove seeds. Next, place pear halves in a nonstick baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg (not too much!) and bake for 20 minutes. After baking, remove pears from baking dish and place on plates, then serve.

Bonus Tip:

If you’re serving this dish to guests, lay a cinnamon stick across the pears for a terrific seasonal effect.

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